Panthers confirm departure of superstar Stephen Crichton will move to Bulldogs to be confirmed

The Penrith Panthers have lost another premiership-winning superstar with the club confirming Stephen Chrichton will leave Penrith at the end of the incoming 2023 season.

It is expected Chrichton will link up with the Canterbury Bulldogs who have strong links to the Panthers with former players Matt Burton, Viliame Kikau, coach Cameron Ciraldo and Bulldogs GM Phil Gould all now calling Belmore home.

“Penrith Panthers can confirm that the club was notified overnight by Stephen Crichton’s management group that he will be seeking opportunities elsewhere in 2024,” Penrith said in a statement read.

“Contrary to media reports, the club made a substantial offer in May 2022 for Stephen to remain at the Panthers and were disappointed the club could not reach an agreement at that point in time.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the NRL salary cap and CBA negotiations, contract discussions were put on hold at the backend of the 2022 season, while the club worked to establish its position.”

Chrichton is expected to play fullback at the Bulldogs.

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